Sunday, 28 October 2007

Oskar Sala: Sound Effects from 'The Birds' (1963)

Halloween special at The Electronic Music Time Machine.
Although Oskar Sala's electronic sound effects for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (made in 1963 on his trademark Trautonium beast; see Mr Hitchcock himself trying to get some sounds of it - or is he just posing?) have gained a lot of fame I never managed to find a release of the isolated cues (please let me know if I have missed something and this post is a duplicate). Until I joined Soulseek last week. There I found these creepy, frightening signature sounds from this legendary movie, apparently edited/cut by an anymous person (many thanks to her/him). I have added my usual kind of "wannabe artwork" - and here you have your soundtrack for nocturnal nightmares. So if a flock of birds is passing you these days, remember what may happen to you...



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Unknown said...

This is absolutely fantastic and frightening as well. I had heard Oskar Salla's Trautonium before, but these sound effects are impressive. Surprisingly, I was reminded of Trevor Wishart's Red Bird from the 70s. He did some bird chirping sound treatments like this. Thanks for this post, very revealing for me.

Adam Eleven said...

@ Laurent
Yes, Wishart's Red Bird is equally dark. Check out Jim Fassett's early tape work 'Symphony of the Birds' (finally re-released on a japanese label) and Einojuhani Rautavaara 'Cantus Arcticus' (although this one is really lyrical and not too frighthening).

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. I've been looking for a recording of this work for years!

Cheers, Dan